Jill Duggar Meets Her Fiance For the First Time: A Peek Into the World of Online Dating

Jill and Derick meet for the first time, with her father Jim Bob Duggar on hand

Perhaps you saw the news a couple of weeks ago that Jill Duggar, from the famed Duggar Family (19 Kids and Counting), had finally met her fiance Derick Dillard in person.  With the pair for their first face-to-face meeting in Nepal was Jill's father, Jim Bob Duggar.*     *     *     *     * It's an unusual love story, to be sure:  Jill and Derick met on-line.  They were introduced by Jill's father, Jim Bob, who thought they would be a perfect match for one another.When they first talke … [Read more...]

On August 6, Gay Marriage Goes Back to Court in Michigan

Same sex couples wait to apply for Michigan marriage licenses in March 2014

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has set August 6 as the date to hear oral arguments in the case brought by Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, a lesbian couple who wanted to be permitted to marry in their home state of Michigan.In March, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down the voter-approved Michigan Marriage Act which prohibited marriage between members of the same sex, calling it unconstitutional.  His decision was put on hold by the appeals court, however--but not before … [Read more...]

Vatican Press Office Issues Statement re. That “Communion for Divorced” Story


The Vatican Press Office has issued a clarification regarding the Pope's statement regarding communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.Well, sort of.  What the Vatican Press Office did say, in effect, is "No comment."Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office, responded this morning to widespread news reports that Pope Francis telephoned an Argentinian woman, Jacqui Lisbona.  According to a story originating with the Telegraph, the Holy Father called to tel … [Read more...]